“I am a better mom when I put myself first every morning.
When I get to bed early and get up an hour before the kids to start my day with meditation, journaling, movement, and coffee, I am starting my day with peace and joy.
When I recognize if I don’t get out of my house alone to do something I enjoy, I am not able to refill the empty cup of mine.
When I spend time with my girlfriends, just us, without the interruption of our kids, and we are able to complete a conversation and hear ourselves think…the part that’s still inside me from before kids lights up and reenergizes me.
Never underestimate the power of self-care. Your self-worth doesn’t revolve around how clean your house is, how many activities you do with your kids, or how many meals you make from scratch.
Remember how much better you feel when you take care of your needs first. When my needs are met, I’m abundantly happy to then take care of everyone else’s around me. When my needs aren’t being met, I’m resentful, cranky, and reactive.
Bonus: When we actively give ourselves the self care we need, we model this behavior for our children, and break the cycle of moms putting ourselves last causing resentment and burn out. I know I personally don’t want my girls to have to learn the hard way they’re needs are important.
There are plenty of things to feel mom guilt about (Don’t get me started on how ridiculous this is. How do we make it stop?), but don’t let taking care of yourself be one of them.
You’re a great mom, and you deserve to put yourself first sometimes!
Take care of yourself first, so you can take care of others with more joy, peace and love.”
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